Union Cabinet finally approves India’s accession to WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996 and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996

Via a press release dated 4th July 2018, published by the Press Information Bureau, it has recently been announced that the Union Cabinet had approved the proposal submitted by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry copyrregarding accession to the WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performers and Phonograms Treaty which extends coverage of copyright to the internet and digital environment.

As also mentioned in the press release, this approval is a step towards the objective laid in the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy adopted by the Government on 12th May 2016 which aims to get value for IPRs through commercialization by providing guidance and support to EPR owners about commercial opportunities of e-commerce through Internet and mobile platforms.

The following benefits are envisaged with India’s accession to these treaties:

  • To enable creative right-holders enjoy the fruit of their labour, through international copyright system that can be used to secure a return on the investment made in producing and distributing creative works;
  • To facilitate international protection of domestic rights holder by providing them level-playing field in other countries as India already extends protection to foreign works through the International Copyright order and these treaties will enable Indian right holders to get reciprocal protection abroad;
  • To instil confidence and distribute creative works in digital environment with return on investment; and
  • To spur business growth and contribute to the development of a vibrant creative economy and cultural landscape.

This press release of the Press Information Bureau can accessed here: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=180389

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